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Ryan Jung I agree they're a bit flat, but wonder if that's largely because of the age of the book and the dominance of patriarchy at the time.

There are several points throughout the book where women are spoken ill of in a broad sense. Sometimes this is done by evil characters, in which case, you can see that kind of treatment as character-defining. Svidrigailov, who is a womanizer and mysoginist, talks about how good he is to his dead wife by bragging that he "only used the whip twice in all our seven years". He also thinks that "human beings in general, indeed, greatly love to be insulted ... But it's particularly so with women."

Luzhin believes that "marriage with a poor girl who has had experience of trouble is more advantageous from the conjugal point of view than with one who has lived in luxury, since it is more profitable for the moral character."

Those demonizations don't necessarily reflect on the characters themselves, but again, that only serves to color the bad men who characterize women in those ways. We don't spend much time inside the heads of female characters in this novel.
Amy Allen All of the female characters seem pretty flat to me.
Joseph Heindel I suppose if you don't like redemption...
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